OEM ground effects kit question.

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  1. BreitrthnU

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    Can someone tell me if the rear bumper add on would interfere with a hitch? Im coming close to purchasing the kit but I have a hitch installed and I dont want to have to cut out some of the factory kit. Not sure if anyone has both but if you do could you post a pic? thanks alot guys.
     
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    Really no one has an answer?

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    i have a tss prius that came with ground effects. I dont have a hitch but I am thinking it will be a problem.

    I will post pic in a minute
     
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    here is my pic

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    I don't think it's going to work with out some cutting. CIMG7544.JPG
     
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    jaymac. I think you are correct. I cannot even see my exhaust tailpipe from the rear on my car with the ground effects kit
     
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    did you ever end up getting the hitch to fit with the rear ground effect piece.

    I am thinking of getting a hitch for a luggage trailer.
     
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    I havent purchased the kit yet, and with the pics posted I dont think I will.
     
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    in this install thread of ground effects it appears that one could remove the center rear ground effect piece for access to a hitch if needed. I have pm'd this person to ask if he thought this could be done.

    Prius Plus Ground Effects Kit | PriusChat
     
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    Aquos could you take a pic similar to Jaymacs so I could see the difference in height. I know how to make it fit but Id like to see how much I have to adjust. Im going to unbolt the hitch and put a spacer to lower the hitch. Maybe use washers or a steel bar, Im hoping I only have to lower it an inch or Im going to have to buy longer bolts which is fine too.
     
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    i tried to get the rear center ground effect piece off but it is stuck some how. I am thinking a curt hitch may work because it is not so low profile as the other tow hitches.

    I will get a pic in a minute

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    did any of my pics help? here is a better pic from today

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    It did thanks.....looks like 1-2inch of a difference.


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    im getting a curt hitch this week. I will see if I have any issues installing.
     
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    my curt hitch Curt 112760 worked.

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    i think because the curt hitch is not as low profile it really allows room for a car with the ground effects.
     
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    SWEET!!!!! Now all I have to do is wait for the end of nov, thanks for posting! One question Aquos judging by your install, since im doing it in reverse putting the kit on after the hitch is already installed. Does it look like im going to have to loosen the hitch to make room or remove parts?
     
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    I did not put the ground effects on but I did try to remove the center piece and by that I can say you should be able to install the ground effects without removing hitch.

    *side note on the install of hitch I did have to bend a little of the exhaust heat shield to allow a better fit of the hitch on the exhaust side. I could not find my tin snips so I just used a pair of pliers to bend the heat shield.
     
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    Sweet. Thx for confirming this
     
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    where can I get the oem ground effects kit? my local Toyota dealer told me I couldn't order it.
     
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    Try another dealer. Make sure u ask them for the "Prius Performance Plus" body kit.

    A lot of parts guys won't know what ur referring to until they hear those special words.
     
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